It’s a question I get asked often, and you may be wondering the same thing.
The simple answer is “all of them.”
CrossFit, bootcamp, yoga, spin, running, body pump, Zumba, mountain biking, The Gazelle (remember that one?), Orange Theory, F45, etc….
Love tennis? Awesome. Go run around the court for an hour a few times each week, or use it as a supplement to some strength training. If you want to burn a bunch of calories and have fun playing tennis.
Depending on your individual goals, they can all get you the results you seek.
Do you want to lose fat? They all work.
Perhaps you want to build lean muscle? Arguably CrossFit and some style of boot camp would be best.
Has the doctor encouraged you to lose weight? They’ll all work. However, what you put in your mouth will have a greater impact.
Are you struggling with high blood pressure? Yep, they all work.
You’ve had <insert joint here> surgery? You guessed it. They all will work for you. If you don’t believe me, I’ll gladly introduce you to 2 of our members that are doing CrossFit within 3 months of knee replacement surgeries.
The “best” fitness program is one that you will show up for consistently and it makes you happy. If you enjoy you it, it’s much more likely that you’ll consistently show up. If you enjoy it, you will show up when you had a rough day at work, or didn’t sleep well the night prior. If you enjoy it, you’ll deal with the traffic in the bad weather to make it.
The top 2 reasons why people don’t reach their health and fitness goals are lack of consistency and patience.
Consistency is a MUST. Making healthy food choices until the weekend isn’t going to cut it. Being erratic with exercise frequecy will limit your progress. If you find something you can enjoy, it’s more likely you’ll show up when you don’t always feel like it.
Patience are needed for long term changes. Wherever you are on your health and fitness journey, you didn’t get there in a week, or a month. It’s more likely where you are currently, took many months, or even years to get to. Therefore, it’s unlikely you’re going to see all the changes you expect in 30 or 60 days. Maybe not even 6 months. Again, patience. This isn’t “The Biggest Loser” contest. It’s real life.
My advice? Since you asked;
Go find something that you enjoy. And show up. And when it’s hard, keep showing up. And when work kicked you in the teeth, show up. And when it’s cold, show up. Again and again. Also, make better choices with your food.
Rumor has it, “you can’t out train a bad diet.”